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Native Plant Society of Texas - HOUSTON CHAPTER




2014 Executive Board and Coordinators






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Winter (Nov-Dec-Jan) deadline Oct. 10

Spring (Feb-March-April) deadline Jan. 10

Summer (May-June-July) deadline Apr. 10

Fall (Aug-Sept-Oct) deadline July 10

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 2014 Programs & Meetings

  • Watson Preserve Workdays:  Contact Pauline pollytx1 (at)

  • Houston Zoo Native Garden Workdays: Contact Sally at sowise at

  • Plant Propagation Committee, 2nd Thursday mornings, contact Lan at shen.gcmn (at)

Plant Lists

Lawther Deer Park Prairie

find other plant lists, events, seed collections opportunities and more at the Coastal Prairie Partnership Website

INFORMATIONPAGES.pdf Native Plant Information Pages- for printing out. updated 7/26/13

Native Plant Information with Hyperlinks! June2013NPSOTHoustonInformationPagesLinks.pdf

 Environmental List/Calendar updated 2/20/2014


Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help with our outreach information/display booth. Contact dknowlespe at Please let us know if you can help at these dates: 

 Get Volunteer Hours, Have fun!

g)    April 10-13 Galveston FeatherFest

h)   April 12, 2014 Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green - NPSOT/MN info booth

i)     April 12-13 Annual Migration Celebration - Mid-Coast Preserve

j)      Sat., Apr. 19 Nature Discovery Center Spring Fling info booth

k)    Sat., Apr. 26 Kemah Boardwalk Bay Day - NPSOT/MN info booth?

l)     Sat., Apr. 26 NPSOT  Spring Symposium at the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin  - NPSOT/MN info booth

Wildscapes Workshop 2013 (Past) Registration Form

Wildscapes Workshop 2014- Sept. 13 at the Houston Zoo's Brown Education Center

Please let us know what other information you'd like to see on our website! dknowlespe at

NPSOT-Houston Mailing Address: P.O. Box 131254, Houston, TX 77219

Thursday, April 17 Membership Meeting  at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park at 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024

5:45 pm Memorial Park Prairie evening walk.  We will look for plants, birds, butterflies, and moths.
       We will meet at 5:45 in the parking lot south of the pedestrian bridge.  We will begin our walk at 5:50.  We will probably head south so anyone who comes late should look towards the bayou first.   Wear close-toed shoes as we may get off the road.  Bring your binoculars, a camera, bug spray, and water.  We will be back at the parking lot about 7pm.

      7:00 pm     Meet, Social Time, Refreshments

       7:30 pm    Speaker: Katy Emde, Naturalist

"The Memorial Park Prairie and Some of its Special Plants." 

The Memorial Park Prairie is a prairie remnant that runs along the railroad tracks on the west side of the park. 

Using the Louisiana Floristic Quality Assessment System, some of the most interesting and most meaningful plants found there will be featured.
All over the country people are working to figure out how to rank prairies and prairie restorations.  Texas does not yet have a scale for ranking its prairies, but Louisiana does have one for its coastal prairies.  There are some similarities between our prairies and theirs, so, although the Louisiana FQA System won't provide a perfect analyzation of the quality of the Memorial Park Prairie, it should give us some idea as to the quality of some of the plants.  In addition to plants highly ranked in the FQA System, the Prairie has a number of plants that may not be rare, but they are rarely encountered.   Join us for a view of a little of what the Memorial Park Prairie has to offer.

 We will have refreshments and door prizes and would love to see you there!

From January to November, the Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets at the Houston Arboretum


Upcoming Houston Chapter Native Plant Society Meetings:  Visitors are welcome at all meetings and field trips!


Thursday, April 17 Membership Meeting & Earth Day Celebration: Katy Emde: Memorial Park Prairie


Saturday, April 26, NPSOT Spring Symposium at the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Dr. Douglas Tallamy will speak: Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect ecology and other courses for 32 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Doug was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

NPSOTH Field Trips

Three field trips are scheduled for Spring and three for Fall.

Native Plant Society of Texas 2014 Fall Field Trips.pdf

Spring Field Trips 2014 Native Plant Society of Texas- Houston Chapter

Three field trips are scheduled in Spring and Fall.  All field trips are on Sundays and led by Dr. Larry Brown.  We will continue to meet in the parking lot (GPS coordinates 29.767315  -95.447826, see notes below about GPS coordinates) east of the Memorial Park Arboretum.  Please wear appropriate footwear for walking through wet or dry fields, bring drinking water, bug spray, and a lunch if you like.  If the weather is drizzling rain, we proceed, but if it is a gully-washer, we still gather at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum and then cancel. We meet at the parking lot east of the Memorial Park Arboretum between 8 and 8:30 AM, and depart promptly at 8:30 AM.  Please contact Paul Roling for information: PRoling(at) or 281-353-7413.

If anyone wants to be added to the NPSOT field trip e-mail list, send an e-mail to requesting to be added to the list.  E-mail reminders are sent out about a week before each trip.